Canada’s WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff and UK’s Mott MacDonald have won the contract to act as joint development partner on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail project, in a consortium with Ernst & Young.
Beating off seven other international bidders, the consortium will provide project management and technical advice, and help prepare tenders relating to joint Malaysian-Singaporean aspects of the project.
Rail firms in China, Japan, Europe and the US are certain to be drawn to the ambitious scheme that will see trains running at more than 300km/h cut the tortuous journey between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore from up to six hours now to just 90 minutes when the line opens – it is hoped – in 2026.
The historic project is already drawing global engineering heavyweights. US-based CH2M landed a technical advisory role for the Malaysian side at the end of July last year.
Announcing the contract yesterday, 16 February, the Malaysian-Singaporean clients noted the consortium’s international experience with high-speed rail, including the California High Speed Rail scheme, Taiwan High Speed Rail, and HS2 and Crossrail in the UK.
Chief Executive of Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA), Ngien Hoon Ping, said: "With the collective expertise and extensive experience of the consortium in HSR projects internationally, MyHSR and LTA will be able to kick-start the preparation of upcoming joint tenders for this strategic project."
Image courtesy of Singapore’s Land Transport Authority